“Anyone who’s been to our live shows knows that it gets a lot more energetic than our recorded album,” says Laura Lee aka one half of Berlin rockers GURR. After a string of high intensity gigs in spring, the duo are heading back to British soil in November for a run of headline shows and they could not be more up for it.
Andreya Casablanca reveals that “as much as people say it’s a hard country to tour in we feel really comfortable and excited to come back!” This excitement is no surprise, to be honest – welcoming crowds at various one day festivals were a pleasant shock for Andreya: “We didn’t expect so many people at our shows! It was amazing to visit so many different cities we’ve never been to before.”
It will be this time around, though, that Gurr are able to shake off the chains. Headlining intimate shows around the country, you are certain to witness “a lot of hair flying around on stage and lots of fuzz guitars.” However, what is not a nailed on certainty is the on stage patter in between tunes, “We still don’t have pre-drafted banter, so anything can happen,” laughs Laura. What they lack in craic, they more than make up for with chilled out garage anthems from debut record In My Head, which has just celebrated its first birthday.
“The past year feels like 5 years because so much has happened” is no exaggeration considering since the release of In My Head in October 2016 the band have been all over and won all sorts of awards. “We travelled to the States and all across Europe! We won an Indie Award in Germany! We played in Ireland! We went to SXSW! And toured a month in the UK!” Not a bad haul from a single full length, to be honest.
Speaking specifically about their time in the UK, Laura is very passionate about the “pub culture.” Strange, considering the amount of mindblowing pubs and bars in Berlin. “In Germany, drinking is pretty divided: There’s bars for the trendy hipster people, bars for the old people, bars for the normal people; but in the UK it seems like everybody meets in the pub which I find really cool!”
Giving an insight to life on the road away from mingling in pubs with folk from all walks of life, Andreya reveals “I like listening to music and reading books I pick up on the way by accident.
“I found John Berger’s ‘A Fortunate Man’ on the last tour, which was really inspiring. It’s a photographic and literary documentary of a doctor that operates in a small town in rural England in the late 60.” Laura similarly has her own way to tackle boredom in between shows. “I’m re-watching ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Twin Peaks’ at the moment.
“Biographies of other musicians are really inspiring me, too. Our bass player, Sally, gave me the autobiography of Viv Albertine ‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys’ which was really cool!”
In between all of this, Gurr are already preparing the follow up to In My Head. Informing us of their plans for 2018, Laura says “We will release our new album next year and are thinking about artwork, videos, etc. at the moment!
“We will also return to SXSW next year so we’re still not giving up on taking over America. There’s also a pretty cool UK tour in the making for us in spring of 2018 so watch out for that.” In short; Gurr are on a journey to take over the world and make no secret of that. It will be an exciting transition period between records, but we are very excited to see what the Berlin band come up with.
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